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PostSubject: TFB - August Tower Event   August 13th 2014, 7:43 am

Here we go for the August 2014 Tower Event!

The Team Fug Bug (TFB) Official Charter-currently under discussion here but still valid

Important Tips:  Be very clear when you post what squad you want to join (plus the less movement between squads the better for me and logistics).  You will also want to be sure to list your forum ID, In-game ID and invite code.  Also make sure you are not at 50/50 for allies.  The current theory is that if you are 50/50, you will not show up in the search results.  Clear some room and do your out-of-event ally invites early before the event starts.  Plus if you can't find a player’s name, search previous TFB events listed here on the forum and you might find them with a different IGN.  Once the event does start, send your requests and be patient.  Don't Panic after 10 minutes and accept some unknown player’s request.  Give your squadmates ~24 hours to accept before trying to find a replacement.


Team Fug Bug (TFB) Event Ally List (Mission XXIV-Tower)

FBS-Alpha
+Target is to rank <250    
1.  DaedHead8
2.  heptathlete
3.  coronach
4.  pglandis
5.  sphynx187
6.  danthepirate  (IGN:danthepirat3)

FBS-Beta
+Target is to rank <250    
1.  nottoc
2.  Amerame
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5.  
6.  


TFB-Ronin

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Ronin - A player who will play in the event while also doing other in-game things (such as farming ammo, leveling mercs, etc.).  They are not held to finishing the event under a certain rank.  They will not send out Event Ally requests.  However if you send them one, they will accept if not already at max.


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PostSubject: Re: TFB - August Tower Event   August 13th 2014, 4:39 pm

Sign me up for Alpha. I've got a handful of Gene Bound power shots I plan to spend on level 10 Gatekeepers this event to make up for missing half of Raid. However, if not a lot of people are interested in this event, I'll save them for next Raid.
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PostSubject: Re: TFB - August Tower Event   August 13th 2014, 7:23 pm

Beta or alpha if we can get only one group.
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PostSubject: Re: TFB - August Tower Event   August 14th 2014, 1:15 pm

Can join, playing on free regen, but stiil should be within top 100

Just recruited Skyhook (R1) via novice cell, but untradeable.. why? Is it some event merc, restricred merc?
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PostSubject: Re: TFB - August Tower Event   August 14th 2014, 1:29 pm

Plan to be <250 with the GB-PS I have been saving. So Alpha sounds good to me.

@coronach - Odd thing about the Skyhook. Haven't seen him before. Wiki says he is tradable, but obviously your experience contradicts that. Looks like a good merc from wiki, unless you can't get more to build him up.
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PostSubject: Re: TFB - August Tower Event   August 14th 2014, 1:44 pm

coronach wrote:
Can join, playing on free regen, but stiil should be within top 100

Just recruited Skyhook (R1) via novice cell, but untradeable.. why? Is it some event merc, restricred merc?

Hey, if he ever becomes tradable (like the way they handled the shellstinger / bulletstinger), I'd be interested in picking up yours and any others floating around.

Z: still running as Ronin, but if we have holes in the squads I could be a 1st alternate.
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PostSubject: Re: TFB - August Tower Event   August 14th 2014, 7:42 pm

I got a Skyhook from an Omega pull and it's not tradable.  I just look at it and resist the urge just to use it as fusion fodder to free up the space.  What's the sense in giving out merc you can't do anything with unless you are extremely lucky to get 8 from cells-yeah right.

PS-Updated the squad list as well.
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PostSubject: Re: TFB - August Tower Event   August 14th 2014, 9:26 pm

Put me down for alpha. Thanks!
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PostSubject: Re: TFB - August Tower Event   August 14th 2014, 10:41 pm

@Zoar - If more players with <100 ranking intentions express interest in Alpha, I don't mind being shifted to Beta. Whatever works best for the line-ups of both teams (the only thing would be ally-spawned infinity gates, right?). Since Beta has traditionally been intended for European time-zones, what are the "prime-time" playing hours for them in EST? I play at odd hours anyway sometimes, so it may not hinder them too much. Whatever you think is fine with me.
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PostSubject: Re: TFB - August Tower Event   August 14th 2014, 10:56 pm

With gates, you are better off if playing times are staggered. That way you have a better chance of not having anomalies continually spawned on you.

Something else to consider: If you ever plan on running for L in PVP, you might be better off saving your GB PS for that event.

Also, if you all really need an extra to fill that last spot, I can probably help you out. I was going to experiment with creating an ultimate gates team but I'm sure I can put some effort in and play off regen if you guys want.
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PostSubject: Re: TFB - August Tower Event   August 15th 2014, 12:16 am

@dan:

Thanks for the correction ("ally-spawned infinite anomaly" should replace "ally-spawned infinity gates"). I see your point about avoiding anomalies as they postpone a gatekeeper until the anomaly period is finished.

I usually never use PS except in Tower. I guess in PVP, it keeps you running to catch more matches. I typically stink at PVP and have enjoyed Tower more, but my squads have been improving over the last couple cycles so I may need to reconsider as you suggest.
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PostSubject: Re: TFB - August Tower Event   August 15th 2014, 12:31 am

Yeah the ally spawned anomalies aren't such an issue (just a little annoying at times) when you have people playing off just regen. More of an issue when you have people playing in blocks of time continuously - which is mostly when you have a team doing an L run.

With PVP, if you are just going 1L, you could probably get away with starting with maybe 10 GBPS (you should pick up an additional GBPS each day for the daily win reward). All depends on not losing too much, using energy regen and making sure you hit the most blank spaces that you can. Anyway, this is a gates thread, but if you ever consider running for an L in PVP feel free to PM me.

Also IGN:danthepirat3.

We haven't had a "show me your squad thread" for a while, so what are you guys all running?
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PostSubject: Re: TFB - August Tower Event   August 15th 2014, 3:10 am

beta if there is a team if not alpha please
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PostSubject: Re: TFB - August Tower Event   August 15th 2014, 7:09 am

Usually my tower team is Jackson, Leoric and Nox with two leveling mercs but since I'm out of stuff to level I'll be throwing my two Spider-Kins in the mix. Honest Jackson, Nox and just about anything else is enough to do level 10 of tower alone. Throwing Leoric in the mix helps alot because his debuff is perfect for tower (I suspect the Spider-kin debuff will be a great help in tower too.)
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PostSubject: Re: TFB - August Tower Event   August 15th 2014, 7:26 am

danthepirate wrote:


We haven't had a "show me your squad thread" for a while, so what are you guys all running?

double action L + golems works fine for me. Occasionnaly neither golem will proc and i'll take a few hits if it's the second half of the 10th floor, but very rarely do I need to use heals/res. Got mordeo and Niobe on backrow for the boss.
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PostSubject: Re: TFB - August Tower Event   August 15th 2014, 10:27 am

Since I have no Lethals, I am planning to put have D&J-Taurus-Ulfr-Wasteland Rider-D&J. Both D&J's are e3 since I am reluctant to combine them and lose the chance for double pre-battle knock-outs, but I have a third e3 that I am levelling so that one can be e4. In the back I have Prawn-EW Cyborg-Switchblade Vulture-Martial-Jade.
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PostSubject: Re: TFB - August Tower Event   August 15th 2014, 5:21 pm

Updated the Squads-let me know if I made any mistakes...
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PostSubject: Re: TFB - August Tower Event   August 15th 2014, 5:52 pm

where the rest of beta ? i see two players have moved to alpha is it something we said ...
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PostSubject: Re: TFB - August Tower Event   August 15th 2014, 8:17 pm

Put me in beta since we'll have more than one team.
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PostSubject: Re: TFB - August Tower Event   August 16th 2014, 7:44 am

If there are too many players, feel free to dump me from being in a team as I was only going to play to make up numbers for you guys if needed.

As for teams, I pretty much do a similar thing to amerame. Double action mercs with an attack buff work really well. Get some def buffs and/or shield in there as well and it makes things really easy.
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PostSubject: Re: TFB - August Tower Event   August 16th 2014, 8:08 am

Updated. I think I'll leave Dan in Alpha for now...
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PostSubject: Re: TFB - August Tower Event   August 16th 2014, 9:00 am

Zoar1984 wrote:
I got a Skyhook from an Omega pull and it's not tradable.  I just look at it and resist the urge just to use it as fusion fodder to free up the space.  What's the sense in giving out merc you can't do anything with unless you are extremely lucky to get 8 from cells-yeah right.

PS-Updated the squad list as well.

Hey, I'll take your Skyhook now that the X has opened for them.
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PostSubject: Re: TFB - August Tower Event   August 16th 2014, 9:02 am

DaedHead8 wrote:
Usually my tower team is Jackson, Leoric and Nox with two leveling mercs but since I'm out of stuff to level I'll be throwing my two Spider-Kins in the mix. Honest Jackson, Nox and just about anything else is enough to do level 10 of tower alone. Throwing Leoric in the mix helps alot because his debuff is perfect for tower (I suspect the Spider-kin debuff will be a great help in tower too.)

Hey, I got stuff you can level ... hehehe
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PostSubject: Re: TFB - August Tower Event   August 16th 2014, 10:59 am

I am game for beta again
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PostSubject: Re: TFB - August Tower Event   August 16th 2014, 3:23 pm

Sorry hept, I'm kinda looking forward to watching a team of wisdom debuffers roflstomp floor 10.

That being said, Tower is live, good luck everybody!
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PostSubject: Re: TFB - August Tower Event   August 17th 2014, 4:15 am

Coronach seems to be full. I'll ally amerame instead of that's the case.
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PostSubject: Re: TFB - August Tower Event   August 17th 2014, 10:54 am

Still have a slot open - Dan, sent you an invite.

BWT ... who is "goguns2007"? Is that my 5th or a random request?
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PostSubject: Re: TFB - August Tower Event   August 17th 2014, 11:00 am

waiting for nottoc and then still have one more open slot
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PostSubject: Re: TFB - August Tower Event   August 17th 2014, 12:10 pm

Random, hep.
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PostSubject: Re: TFB - August Tower Event   August 17th 2014, 12:11 pm

You gotta make sure and requests are declined as they impact team quota.
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PostSubject: Re: TFB - August Tower Event   August 18th 2014, 9:22 am

Agreed Sphnyx. I've got the "correct 5" now.

Rock on TFB!
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PostSubject: Re: TFB - August Tower Event   August 18th 2014, 12:36 pm

Hi guys. Sorry we had some bad news in the family and I have missed this event. If you guys are fine with it I will be ready for the next raid.
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PostSubject: Re: TFB - August Tower Event   August 18th 2014, 6:04 pm

I still don't have coronach.

Amerame was full when I tried accepting his request so I am still 1 ally down.
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PostSubject: Re: TFB - August Tower Event   August 18th 2014, 10:29 pm

Rocketsword wrote:
Hi guys.  Sorry we had some bad news in the family and I have missed this event. If you guys are fine with it I will be ready for the next raid.

We are all saddened when there is bad news for one of the TFB-ers.

Praying for you & your family, Rocket. Godspeed!

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PostSubject: Re: TFB - August Tower Event   August 19th 2014, 8:48 am

I will be praying for you and your family as well, Rocketsword!
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PostSubject: Re: TFB - August Tower Event   August 19th 2014, 9:48 pm

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Since I have no Lethals, I am planning to put have D&J-Taurus-Ulfr-Wasteland Rider-D&J.  Both D&J's are e3 since I am reluctant to combine them and lose the chance for double pre-battle knock-outs, but I have a third e3 that I am levelling so that one can be e4.  In the back I have Prawn-EW Cyborg-Switchblade Vulture-Martial-Jade.  

My L10 squad has been evolving. Recent success has been:

Front - Wasteland - Armaag (e3 - leveling) - D&J - Eve - Leoric
Back - F9 - Burnfrost - Burnfrost - F9 - Leader

Bosses usually get F9 - BF - BF - F9 - Leoric with nearly all surviving to take that last step in order to clear the floor.

Rock on TFB!
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PostSubject: Re: TFB - August Tower Event   August 20th 2014, 8:28 pm

Hey do pre-battle skills fire in AGI order or 1-3-5-2-4?
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PostSubject: Re: TFB - August Tower Event   August 21st 2014, 1:34 am

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My L10 squad has been evolving.  Recent success has been:

Front - Wasteland - Armaag (e3 - leveling) - D&J - Eve - Leoric
Back - F9 - Burnfrost - Burnfrost - F9 - Leader

Bosses usually get F9 - BF - BF - F9 - Leoric with nearly all surviving to take that last step in order to clear the floor.

Rock on TFB!

Switched things around again. Now the squad is a bit more effective:

Front - D&J - F9 - Leoric - Taurus - Wasteland
Back - Burnfrost - Switchblade Vulture - Leader - F9 - Burnfrost

Fewer med-kits & erks needed this way. My question still stands about the pre-battle skills - any thoughts?
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PostSubject: Re: TFB - August Tower Event   August 21st 2014, 8:15 am

@hept - what is your formation?
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PostSubject: Re: TFB - August Tower Event   August 21st 2014, 8:27 am

Using the "W" formation as I haven't ever left the frozen Etai tundra to get the other ones.
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PostSubject: Re: TFB - August Tower Event   August 21st 2014, 1:52 pm

I also am running the W formation and looks like it has consistently been left to right across the back row then same across the front row. On floor 9 at least. Don't know about in the bonus floors or against bosses.
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PostSubject: Re: TFB - August Tower Event   August 21st 2014, 2:44 pm

pglandis: yep, that's the order of the "regular" fight sequence. I was wondering about the "pre-battle" skills. Since I have D&J, Wasteland Rider, and Leoric that all have "pre-battle" skills, does it matter where they are placed (meaning slots 1 - 3 - 5)?

Or, since none of these skills stack on others, it does not matter?

Alternatively, how would / could you use something like the Temporal Swordsman that has a "pre-battle" skill that disables an opponent? Would he be best placed in slots 2 or 4, or would it matter?
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PostSubject: Re: TFB - August Tower Event   August 21st 2014, 5:23 pm

With prebattle, if you are running buffs, you want them to go off before your prebattle attacks. The same applies with debuffs, especially with a disabling an opponent attack as a debuff may not affect a disabled opponent (I have never had a merc that disables).
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PostSubject: Re: TFB - August Tower Event   August 21st 2014, 5:26 pm

heptathlete wrote:
I have D&J, Wasteland Rider, and Leoric that all have "pre-battle" skills, does it matter where they are placed (meaning slots 1 - 3 - 5)?

I like to place my Leoric in slots 2, 3 or 4 because his cone debuff hits directly in front of him like 75% of the time and this ensures he hits more than just two mercs.
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PostSubject: Re: TFB - August Tower Event   August 21st 2014, 5:35 pm

When I had a Leoric, I never saw it debuff anything other than the mercs on either end no matter where I put him. Maybe mine was faulty.....
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PostSubject: Re: TFB - August Tower Event   August 21st 2014, 5:38 pm

My leoric debuffs one of the end mercs maybe 1 in 10 times.
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PostSubject: Re: TFB - August Tower Event   August 22nd 2014, 7:14 am

danthepirate wrote:
With prebattle, if you are running buffs, you want them to go off before your prebattle attacks. The same applies with debuffs, especially with a disabling an opponent attack as a debuff may not affect a disabled opponent (I have never had a merc that disables).

Precisely what I was asking earlier. For example, the Temporal Swordsman has a skill that effectively disables 2 random opponents. So, in order for his skill to happen last in the pre-battle sequence he would need to be placed in slot 4, to occur last in the 1-3-5-2-4 sequence?

Or am I way off?  scratch 
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PostSubject: Re: TFB - August Tower Event   August 23rd 2014, 9:13 pm

Well with about 1 HR left in the event, I'm off to do family stuff. Was around 215-220 before points (thanks y'all), so we shall see where the judges drop me after the dust settles.

Congrats to all! Rock on TFB!
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PostSubject: Re: TFB - August Tower Event   August 23rd 2014, 9:40 pm

Just used my last GBPS to complete one last bonus area. Now waiting on regen life to get it to the end of the floor. Should have enough time. Was hoping to clear 2M with ally points, but it looks like I'll be about 100-200k short. Regardless, good event overall this time. My biggest complaint is that there were very little bonus caches generated. I seem to remember getting an average of around 20 on a complete run before, but this time it was more like 15.
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PostSubject: Re: TFB - August Tower Event   August 24th 2014, 12:15 am

It's over and I am at rank 130 with 1.35 million points. Hopefully the 538 thousand ally points still to be added will at least put me below 122. Thank you to all my teammates for a great run!
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